Prison – Birmingham

Sixteen prisons to receive X-ray scanners

  X-ray scanners are due to be installed in 16 of the country’s “most challenging” jails. Birmingham, Liverpool and Winchester will be the latest three prisons to receive the technology before it is rolled out to others later in the year. The “cutting edge” scanners, specially developed for the Prison Service, can produce “instant images from inside […]

HMP Birmingham – a mixed bag of some progress in tackling violence and squalor, but weaknesses in education and management of sex offenders

HMP Birmingham has made reasonable progress in tackling the violence, drug use and squalor evident in a disturbing inspection of the prison in the summer of 2018. However, an Independent Review of Progress (IRP) in May 2019 found a mixed overall picture, with insufficient progress in tackling antisocial behaviour and in improving work, training and […]

Birmingham Prison – brought back under permanent MOJ control

Birmingham prison is being brought back in-house permanently after it plunged into crisis under private management. HM Prison and Probation Service took over the jail from G4S in August. The unprecedented move was announced at the same time as Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke published a scathing assessment of the prison, which is one of the largest in the country. […]

Deaths in Custody: The Noose Around The Ombudsman’s Neck

pdf version open letter from Mark Leech The Editor of The Prisons Handbook for England and Wales, to The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman   Dear Sue, Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation Recommendation. Did you bother reading each of those words – or notice I had inserted a number in one of […]

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons renews call for an independent inquiry as to how HMP Birmingham descended into appalling, chaotic conditions in just 18 months.

Inmates at one of Britain’s largest jails walked around “like zombies” while high on drugs in scenes likened to a war zone, the Prisons Inspectorate reveals. The Chief Inspector of Prisons also makes renewed calls for an independent inquiry as to how HMP Birmingham descended into appalling, chaotic conditions in just 18 months. Prisoners at […]

Birmingham prison action plan published – as MOJ Reject HMIP Calls For Urgent Inquiry

Ministry of Justice Rejects Calls By Chief Inspector for Inquiry Into Birmingham 200 prisoners already moved out following unprecedented ‘step-in’ 3 Wings to be closed for refurbishment 32 extra experienced prison officers and additional senior staff already in post Cell refurbishment is ongoing and experienced estate managers continue to support urgent improvement to living conditions […]

“Asleep At The Wheel” Says Chief Inspector of Prisons

Mark Leech: “Where the hell was the Ministry of Justice ‘Controller’?” The prisons watchdog has accused the Ministry of Justice of failing to stop one of the country’s largest prisons slipping into crisis. Peter Clarke suggested “somebody must have been asleep at the wheel” for conditions at HMP Birmingham to deteriorate so drastically. Mr Clarke, […]

Birmingham Prison – A Troubled History

HMP Birmingham, one of the country’s largest jails, has seen soaring drug-fuelled violence and serious disorder in recent years. In December 2016, while run by G4S, the category B prison was rocked by the worst outbreak of rioting at an English jail in more than two decades. Inmates caused widespread damage after seizing control of four wings […]

HMP BIRMINGHAM: BANG TO WRITES

“The first priority of any prison should be to keep those who are held or work there safe, in this regard HMP Birmingham had completely failed.” Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons. By Mark Leech Editor: The Prisons Handbook Two weeks ago when the Gate at Birmingham Prison banged shut behind Peter Clarke, the […]

Ministry of Justice Take Over Control of HMP Birmingham

Staff at one of Britain’s largest prisons were found asleep or locked in offices during an inspection that uncovered “appalling” squalor and violence, a watchdog has said, as it emerged the Government is taking over the privately-run jail. In a scathing critique, Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke warned HMP Birmingham has “slipped into crisis” […]

Chief prisons inspector demands urgent government action to tackle appalling violence and squalor at HMP Birmingham

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has called on the Justice Secretary to launch an urgent and independent enquiry to understand how the privately run HMP Birmingham, one of Britain’s biggest jails, has “slipped into crisis” in only 18 months. Inspectors found the prison in “an appalling state” with high violence, widespread bullying, squalid living conditions […]